New manifolds for superstring compactification

Andrew Strominger, Edward Witten

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We construct new manifolds with SU(3) holonomy that are candidate vacua for superstring theory and give a detailed explanation of the techniques involved. Some of these manifolds have a non-abelian fundamental group and thus can lead to a rank five low energy gauge group. Models with an odd number of generations are obtained. CP violation is discussed in this context and shown to occur generically. Topological features of the Yukawa couplings are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-361
Number of pages21
JournalCommunications In Mathematical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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